G.hn chipset makers pass interoperability test

In a win for the wired home networking industry, four G.hn chipset manufacturers converged in Geneva, Switzerland, for the world’s first open G.hn Interoperability Plugfest.

The joint effort of the Homegrid Forum and the Broadband Forum was hosted at the ITU-T’s global headquarters and organised by University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory. This was the first open opportunity for silicon vendors to test the interoperability of their products, based on the G.hn home networking standard, which will be globally deployed by many service providers, PC manufacturers, appliance manufacturers and consumer electronics companies.

“G.hn is here, it’s now,” said Matt Theall, president of the Homegrid Forum. “Service providers are excited we have concluded this event and we are thrilled to report the successful completion of the testing. G.hn is already a reality with silicon now ready for deployment.”

Lantiq, Marvell Semiconductor, Metanoia and Sigma Designs participated in the event with their G.hn silicon test platforms. The success achieved highlights the maturity of the various vendors’ designs as well as the completeness of the G.hn standard. G.hn interoperability
is critical as it ensures a common standard for very high speed home networking options across different wired media.

“The Broadband Forum is very happy that the first G.hn Interoperability Plugfest has been completed successfully,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum.

“We look forward to the next steps in completing the test plans required to enable interoperability of G.hn products.”

The Homegrid Forum is rolling out its compliance and interoperability certification programme in 2011, allowing Homegrid Forum certified products to be brought to the market this year and establishing an industry benchmark of technology excellence for wired home networking.

A series of additional G.hn plugfests is being scheduled for this year.

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